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Posted on Oct 22nd 2019 by Bryan Marsh
Since the end of September, Facebook in Australia has seen a notable adjustment in which the number of likes, reaction emojis and video views is hidden from the public - only visible now by the original poster of the content. You may have noticed this alr...
Posted on Oct 8th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
Early this year, Google officially stopped access to Website Translator - a valuable tool that allowed free content translation in a variety of languages. For businesses and professionals with a website pulling in a global audience, Google Website Transla...
Posted on Sep 25th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
After establishing your online marketing strategy, the next big step for your hotel is partnership marketing. By developing a mutually beneficial arrangement with a local business that shares the same values or goals as your brand, you'll be taking your m...
Posted on Sep 18th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
There is a wealth of reasons why video content is on the rise in the world of online hotel marketing: it presents the most eye-catching representation of your hotel, it's superior to photography when it comes to capturing customer attention and it deliver...
Posted on Aug 28th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
In addition to hunting for value, more holidaymakers are seeking personalised and individually catered experiences when taking the steps to book their next escape. OTAs can remove the intimacy now highly sought-after by accommodation shopping customers, a...
Posted on Aug 14th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
Whether you know it or not, your guests themselves can help you to increase hotel bookings in more than a few exciting ways. When it comes to holiday planning, eyeing customers are paying more attention than ever to past guest experiences, and what they'r...
Posted on Jul 31st 2019 by Bryan Marsh
While written descriptions and compelling SEO content will deliver the details and lift your website up the search engine rankings, impressive hotel photography is the driving force that will make your visitors' eyes pop before sending them to the booking...
Posted on Jul 9th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
In the fast-developing world of digital marketing and mobile technology, have you asked yourself how much of your online content is reaching smartphone users? It's crucial that your hotel's website should be approached with responsive web design in mind,...
Posted on Jun 29th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
It's easy to fall behind when it comes to accumulating and keeping an eye on customer feedback, but hearing what guests have to say about your hotel can be the difference between losing customers and lifting your brand to new and improved heights. In find...
Posted on Jun 10th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
In recent months, you may have noticed that Google Maps on your website has been made unusable with a message reading "This page cannot load Google Maps correctly." If this has affected you, this is due to the mid-2018 introduction of Google's new Google...
Posted on May 30th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
At eTourism, we're committed to optimised hotel website design and powerful online marketing strategies that generate exposure and increase direct bookings. If you're as keen as we are about getting customers to book direct, take a look at our list of pre...
Posted on May 22nd 2019 by Bryan Marsh
While the OTAs will pull in your hotel's broader audience - yes, a worthwhile strategy if you want to maintain a busy occupancy - it's still no reason to put your feet up and ignore the greater benefits of convincing customers to book direct. Maximising r...
Posted on Apr 30th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
Social media is busier than ever and if you're not using it to market your hotel, you're missing out on a serious opportunity to build a close online relationship with customers that will boost your hotel's popularity, inspire trust and see an exponential...
Posted on Apr 23rd 2019 by Bryan Marsh
With recent studies showing that more than half of today's global website traffic is carried out on portable devices, it's more important than ever to make sure that your website offers the optimal customer experience across the board - not just on deskto...
Posted on Mar 14th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
How's your hotel's SEO campaign shaping up in 2019? As we move into the third month of the year (already!) it's time to recap the big search trends marketers are using to reach their audiences online and the new direction search is moving in. 1. Voice Sea...
Posted on Mar 1st 2019 by Bryan Marsh
In a travel market that's more competitive than ever, the way your hotel's brand makes guests feel can mean the difference between winning repeat bookings or losing out to a competitor. Every key marketing touch point in the booking journey is a chance to...
Posted on Jan 31st 2019 by Bryan Marsh
Where will travel take us in the coming 11 months? From the latest advances in digital payments to ongoing concerns about data security, here are 3 of the leading trends expected to make their mark on 2019. The Evolution Of Payment Cash payments are on th...
Posted on Jan 18th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
Every independent hotel wants to boost its retention rates. Loyal, repeat guests play a crucial role in driving direct bookings, increasing revenue and generating free word of mouth marketing in the form of reviews and referrals. So how can you retain mor...
Posted on Jan 16th 2019 by Bryan Marsh
As we ease into 2019, it's the perfect time to turn over a new leaf (or 3) and think about your hotel's marketing goals for the coming 12 months and the tactics, strategies and best practices you're going to use to achieve them. When it comes to deciding...
Posted on Dec 17th 2018 by iLaunch Support
Your eTourism team are warming up to Christmas, time to spend with family and friends, time to be grateful for what the year has brought, but also to look ahead to challenges and opportunities the New Year will bring. Each year again it's a wonderful expe...
Posted on Dec 14th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Research conducted by the Spiegel Research Centre in 2017 reveals that incorporating reviews into marketing can boost brand conversions by as much as 270%. When it comes to the travel industry specifically, 93% of travellers will have a read through revie...
Posted on Dec 7th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
At the start of the year, Facebook switched up its news feed algorithm to give priority to content from users' friends and family over posts from brands and businesses. Frustratingly for marketers, this made it more difficult than ever to maximise organic...
Posted on Dec 1st 2018 by Bryan Marsh
As your guests start to plan their Christmas and New Year getaways, it's time to plan how your hotel can capitalise on the seasonal travel market and maximise revenue this holiday season. With competition as fierce as ever, your property needs to fight ag...
Posted on Nov 26th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
If there's one thing marketers love it's shortcuts or, as they've come to be known "hacks." Any trick that helps boost efficiency by speeding up or streamlining a time consuming and boring task is bound to win points, but while some of these shortcuts abs...
Posted on Nov 21st 2018 by Bryan Marsh
With just 6 weeks of 2018 remaining, it's definitely not too early to start looking ahead to the next year in marketing and the tactics you'll be using to rank highly in the search results pages and maximise traffic to your hotel's website in the coming m...
Posted on Nov 12th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Are your email campaigns' click-through-rates underwhelming? If so, it's time for a rethink. Here are 7 simple but powerfully effective methods to improve your hotel's email CTR, so you can boost levels of engagement and drive more guests back to your hot...
Posted on Nov 2nd 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Despite the "content is king" mantra we're all sick of by now, SEO remains one of the most crucial factors when it comes to making sure your website ranks highly in the Google SERPs and gets clicked on by your guests. But with the digital landscape changi...
Posted on Oct 26th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
The evolution of the digital landscape is rapid and unstoppable. As a marketer you either adapt to emerging trends, technology and strategies or your brand gets lost in the noise. Now that 2018 is drawing to a close, it's a good time to look ahead to the...
Posted on Oct 19th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Incorporating videos into your marketing mix is no longer an afterthought it's a necessity. But as with every other form of content marketing, it's not enough to simply create high quality videos, you've got to stick to a range of best practices to ensure...
Posted on Oct 12th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
The ultimate aim of any hotel's website is to wrestle traffic away from the OTA's and drive direct bookings. Unfortunately, many properties are driving a steady stream of travellers to their websites only to fall at the final hurdle. If you're seeing high...
Posted on Oct 9th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
What's even more important than creating interesting, engaging blog content which promotes your hotel? Making sure it gets seen. Because without a content promotion strategy built into your blogging campaigns, even the best, most carefully crafted and int...
Posted on Sep 28th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Email marketing remains one of the most effective, measurable and affordable forms of marketing. When it comes to maximising the reach of your campaigns, it's simple: the bigger your email subscriber list, the more opportunities you have to engage guests...
Posted on Sep 20th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Competing against Expedia, Booking.com and the other major online travel agents for travellers' attention and bookings is an ongoing battle for all hoteliers. These OTAs are masterfully designed to convert holiday browsers into room bookers within just a...
Posted on Sep 14th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Content marketing is here to stay. In fact, it's an industry which is predicted to reach an estimated value of $300 billion by 2019. Since content is the king of both present and future digital marketing, it's no surprise that marketers are spending a siz...
Posted on Sep 6th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Following a spate of concerns about privacy and data protection, it's safe to say Facebook has suffered a blow to public trust in recent months. In response to a string of bad headlines, the social network is once again marking their dedication to improvi...
Posted on Sep 1st 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Publishing new content to your hotel's website on a regular basis is one of the best ways to rank highly in the search results pages and attract a steady stream of traffic. In fact, as much as a third of hotel website traffic comes from blog posts, accord...
Posted on Aug 24th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
With the competition for organic traffic tougher than ever, what kind of risks are you willing to take to secure your hotel's website a better position in the SERPs? For marketers, the temptation to disregard search engine guidelines and draw on black or...
Posted on Aug 16th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Social media is rapidly changing. Twitter is losing users, Instagram is trying out longer-form video content, and changes to the Facebook newsfeed have made it more difficult for brands to reach their audience organically on the platform. These changes in...
Posted on Aug 13th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
You don't need to hear it again: it's easier (and cheaper) to retain a previous guest than it is to obtain a new one. And one of the most important components of retention marketing is email. In today's blog we'll look at how you can leverage what you alr...
Posted on Aug 6th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
No matter how much the rest of the digital marketing landscape evolves, Google's domination over search remains constant. As of last month, the company accounted for a whopping 90.20% of all mobile searches and 72.21% of those made on desktop. Google's un...
Posted on Jul 27th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Online shoppers are notoriously impatient, in fact, even a delay as small as one second can cause a sharp decline in page views, conversions and consumer satisfaction rates. And since Google includes site speed among one of the many factors its uses to de...
Posted on Jul 20th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Every marketer out there has heard about the importance of publishing "quality" content by now. But the definition of quality is open to definition and varies wildly by brand and audience type. For instance, for a while now digital marketers have extolled...
Posted on Jul 10th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
No matter what stage of the holiday planning journey they're at, when guests land on your hotel's website, you want them to complete an action. Sign up for your property's email newsletter, make an enquiry, share your content or make a booking. When it co...
Posted on Jun 22nd 2018 by Bryan Marsh
What is your hotel's digital reputation? Online reputation management (ORM) is all about proactively influencing the information people find about your business online by using strategies to hide unflattering content further down the SERPs by ranking more...
Posted on Jun 14th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
No hotelier really needs to be reminded of the essential role reviews play in the holiday shopping process. But just in case you do, the latest stats show that a massive 95% of guests browse the opinions of other travellers before booking a trip, with Tri...
Posted on Jun 8th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Most hotel marketers are aware by now that producing high quality content on a regular basis plays an integral role in getting noticed by the right people online. But without the right research to inform and shape that content, creating blog posts can fee...
Posted on May 28th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Social media is constantly evolving, and it's crucial that your hotel's marketing campaigns keep up or else risk falling flat. No matter what kind of technology you have in place, if the content you create isn't resonating with your guests you're not goin...
Posted on May 19th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
What motivates travellers and inspires them to book? In the crucial early stages of travel planning it's not amenities, room sizes and air conditioning, but the prospect of exciting and enriching experiences; a break from the norm, an escape. During this...
Posted on May 14th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Facebook custom audiences allow you to target groups of people who have visited your hotel's website and performed (or not performed) certain actions while browsing it. It's a great tool for reaching out to people who are interested in your property, but...
Posted on May 8th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
From news to YouTube tutorials, Snaps to Instagram Stories, Vine and endless cat clips, video is the most popular form of content on the internet. In fact, it's expected to account for as much as 82% of all internet traffic by 2021. For marketers, video...
Posted on Apr 30th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
As holiday browsing and booking increasingly takes place across multiple channels, offering travel shoppers a seamless experience across all devices has become absolutely essential. In the move towards mobile-friendliness, implementing responsive design t...
Posted on Apr 19th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
The seemingly unshakeable grip of the online travel agencies has long been a point of contention for hoteliers trying to maximise profits from online bookings. But how do they do it? Beside the obvious factor of low rates, one of the key reasons for the s...
Posted on Apr 16th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
With the continuing dominance of the OTAs and an ever more competitive online travel market, climbing to a prominent position in the search rankings is more challenging than ever. It takes an ongoing, committed SEO strategy to secure and maintain a high r...
Posted on Apr 6th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Following a string of recent moves that amp up its presence in the travel sphere, Facebook has recently launched Trip Consideration, a new advertising tool designed to help hotel and travel brands reach consumers at the early stages of the holiday plannin...
Posted on Apr 3rd 2018 by Bryan Marsh
In an industry that's all about creating aspirational experiences, images sell better than words ever can. Investing time and resources to ensure your website features carefully selected, high quality photos of your hotel will pay dividends when it comes...
Posted on Mar 23rd 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Few can dispute the importance of social proof in the travel industry. When planning their breaks, almost all online holiday planners are influenced by the opinions of other travellers when it comes to choosing where to travel and stay. While review sites...
Posted on Mar 15th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
At a time when older generations are tightening their purse strings, adventure-hungry millennials are spending more on travel than ever. Unsurprisingly, it's OTAs that are seeing most of this increased spending, with data revealing that more than 50% of t...
Posted on Mar 9th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
It happens to anyone who produces content regularly. You spend time and effort crafting what you think is the perfect blog post, carefully optimised with the right keywords to rank highly in the SERPs. You post on social media to promote your blog and ale...
Posted on Mar 2nd 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Ever feel like you're reaching social media overload? You're not alone. More and more people are reporting dissatisfaction with the impact social platforms have on their lives. They're a great way to stay in the loop with family and friends sure, but let'...
Posted on Feb 23rd 2018 by Bryan Marsh
It has been a debate in digital marketing for a while now: do social signals impact search ranking? While the jury is still out for many on the issue, Google's Matt Cutts has said that a brand's social presence is part of the overall mix of search ranking...
Posted on Feb 16th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
We're all familiar with the stats by now: 75% of Google users won't bother to scroll past the first page of the SERPs, securing that elusive number one ranking spot will get you almost 33% of the clicks. Basically, getting to the first page of search resu...
Posted on Feb 9th 2018 by Bryan Marsh
It's getting more and more difficult for businesses to get their social content seen by the right audience on Facebook. Brands invest time and resources in creating great posts and building a fan base, but shockingly, as much as 90% of these carefully cra...
Posted on Feb 2nd 2018 by Bryan Marsh
2017 was another important year for email marketing. Despite the rise of social media, email remains the preferred choice for brand contact for 72% of consumers, according to Litmus' State of Email study. But email, just like every other kind of marketing...
Posted on Feb 1st 2018 by Bryan Marsh
Google is getting more and more sophisticated when it comes to differentiating between high and low quality content. Traditional SEO tactics such as link building have been replaced with an emphasis on creating the best possible user experience, and video...
Posted on Dec 22nd 2017 by Bryan Marsh
2017 has been another huge year for social media. Twitter boosted its character limit, live video streams are everywhere and Snapchat's popularity shows no signs of waning. With just over a week of the year left, your thoughts may already have turned to y...
Posted on Dec 18th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
The online marketing industry is constantly evolving, and the cycle from "next big tactic" to waste of time moves pretty fast. If you're using any of the content marketing strategies listed below, it's time for a fresh approach. 1. Generic, Churned-Out Co...
Posted on Dec 8th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Out of all the tactics marketers will put into action to compete for their audience's attention this holiday season, email marketing continues to be one of the most important. If you want to maximise bookings this Christmas, you need to plan out a strateg...
Posted on Dec 1st 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone in a whirlwind of consumer excitement and spending. It's now time to think slightly further down the road, adopt new tactics and target procrastinating guests still considering a last minute festive break....
Posted on Nov 24th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
If you have an active blog on your hotel's website - which you absolutely should if you want to maximise your brand's reach and generate direct bookings you're probably wondering how to get your posts seen by more of your guests. One of the best ways to m...
Posted on Nov 17th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
As any online marketer will tell you, SEO is an increasingly complex art to master. Not only are there more than 200 different factors which make up Google's algorithm, the search landscape is constantly shifting, and each shift brings with it a new set o...
Posted on Nov 10th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Do you know what the world's second biggest search engine after Google is? YouTube. Billions of people are making billions of video searches and watching hour upon hour of content everyday, on their TVs, tablets, desktop and Smartphone devices. If your ho...
Posted on Nov 3rd 2017 by Bryan Marsh
One of the biggest shake ups in SEO in recent years has been the arrival of voice search. Thanks to mobile personal assistants and technologies such as Amazon Echo and Corona, consumers can quickly and conveniently find what they're looking for online wit...
Posted on Oct 26th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
The days when social media was simply another platform for businesses to use for self promotion have long passed. Your guests are increasingly using their online networks as a first point of contact with you during the planning stage of their breaks and t...
Posted on Oct 20th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Email remains one of the most powerful ways to strengthen your relationship with your guests, promote targeted offers and drive bookings made through your hotel website. All businesses want a bigger email contact database, but as any savvy marketer will t...
Posted on Oct 12th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Making use of audience generated content on social media offers a uniquely compelling way to communicate your hotel's story, gain the trust of your guests and drive traffic and bookings. Thanks to Facebook's news feed algorithm update of 2016, it has also...
Posted on Oct 9th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
In the struggle to keep up with the constantly evolving digital marketing landscape, it's all too easy to lose sight of basic SEO practices we should all be using to get discovered by the right audience online. Although every new algorithm update inevitab...
Posted on Sep 27th 2017 by eTourism Support Team
Do you have an SSL certificate on your hotel's website? If not, it's time to act fast. That's because from the start of October onwards, Google Chrome will release an update that will display a "Not Secure" warning on any web page, contact form or input f...
Posted on Sep 15th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
It's a no-brainer: social media is now an essential component of every hotel's online marketing campaign. And because all your competitors and every other business under the sun are using the channel daily to build brand awareness and engage their audienc...
Posted on Sep 8th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Are you guilty of reaching out to your guests with bland, uninspiring emails? If so, you can bet they're ending up straight in the "Junk" file along with the heaps of other generic and impersonal marketing messages they receive everyday. Guests crave high...
Posted on Sep 1st 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Setting up a business profile for your hotel on social media is ridiculously quick and simple. Getting noticed by the right audience and expanding your reach until you're consistently driving a steady stream of social traffic to your website is not always...
Posted on Aug 25th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
With the explosion of content marketing in recent years, the competition to get your hotel noticed by your guests online is fiercer than ever. Unfortunately, there's no quick fix to SEO. But with a little patience, dedication and commitment to these best...
Posted on Aug 18th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Repeat guests are your most valuable asset. They are cheaper to market to, provide a reliable source of revenue and are likely to provide plenty of word of mouth recommendations. So how do you turn more of the travellers checking into your property for th...
Posted on Aug 10th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Despite the evolution of the search landscape in recent years, using white hat tactics to build high quality links remains an important touchstone of good SEO. It's simple: however great your content and on-page SEO techniques, you need relevant, authorit...
Posted on Aug 4th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Maintaining an active presence on YouTube is a great way to show off all that your hotel has to offer, widen your reach, promote your website and ultimately, drive bookings. In today's blog, we'll look at three simple but effective tactics for converting...
Posted on Jul 28th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Have you taken a look at your old blog content recently? If you've been running the blog for several years, it's probably overdue a bit of a clean up. Why bother? Because both Google and your guests strongly favour fresh, highly relevant content. What's m...
Posted on Jul 19th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Thanks to the lighting pace of online marketing, new digital strategies come and go almost on a weekly basis. It's perhaps surprising then, that one of the oldest channels in the marketer's handbook has not only stood the test of time but actually steadil...
Posted on Jul 12th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
In an online market dominated by online travel agents with steep commission rates, every hotel wants to increase the number of bookings made directly through their property's website. Here are 5 ways to wrestle control away from the OTA's and maximise rev...
Posted on Jul 6th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
There are few digital marketers out there that would dispute that both search engine optimisation and social media are essential components of any effective online strategy. After all, SEO is the original tactic for helping the right audience find your ho...
Posted on Jun 23rd 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Facebook provides an incredible platform to showcase your blog and drive traffic back to your website. In fact, promoting your blog posts on social is every bit as important as writing the posts themselves if you want to get your content discovered by the...
Posted on Jun 14th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Whatever new social platform your guests are adopting, email remains a powerful and reliable way to engage your audience from first contact right through to booking and (hopefully) return trip. Thanks to analytics data and your own knowledge of your guest...
Posted on Jun 7th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
In the past year or so, Facebook has been very busy revamping established features and rolling out some pretty exciting new ones. Have you been keeping up? Whether you have or you haven't, you're probably wondering how you can adapt your hotel's social ca...
Posted on Jun 1st 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Engaging, SEO boosting, and powerfully promotional, blogging is a tool hotel marketers ignore at their own peril. But it's one a lot of hoteliers are still in the dark about, or see as an optional 'extra' that they'll get round to now and then when they h...
Posted on May 25th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Most of us already receive more emails on a daily basis than we can comfortably handle a fair chunk of which are marketing messages which are easier just to ignore, am I right? Does that mean that sending email campaigns to your guests is a waste of your...
Posted on May 18th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Social media has been discussed at length for around a decade now. But despite the hold Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram have over most of our social lives, there still exists some pretty big myths when it comes to using social media for business. Let's t...
Posted on May 10th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Representing the percentage of visitors who land on your website only to leave before checking out any other page, bounce rate is one of the few metrics you really don't want to increase. A high bounce rate often indicates that a page offers a poor user e...
Posted on May 4th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Increasing the amount of time guests spend watching your hotel's YouTube videos not only ensures that more of your content gets viewed, it helps it get discovered by an even wider audience. Following a 2012 algorithm update, watch time or "audience retent...
Posted on Apr 26th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Responsible for delivering holiday planning travellers directly to your website, SEO is one of the most important components of your hotel's online strategy. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most difficult areas to master, with hundreds of Google algor...
Posted on Apr 20th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Whatever else changes in the online marketing world, reviews will continue to form an integral part of the hotel shopping process for your guests. More than half of travellers around the world won't even consider booking a hotel before reading what previo...
Posted on Apr 12th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
Since sending out any email - let alone an important bulk marketing mail out - is an irreversible process, you have just one shot to get it right. In today's post, we'll look at some of the most common mistakes which could be jeopardising your open and cl...
Posted on Apr 5th 2017 by Bryan Marsh
It's something we all know by now: if you want to get found by your guests, you've got to make it to page one of Google search results. But getting there isn't easy. If you want to secure a spot on the first page of the SERPs, simply publishing great cont...